The Great Partnership: Science, Religion, and the Search for Meaningby Jonathan Sacks
***National Jewish Book Awards 2012, Finalist***
Dorot Foundation Award for Modern Jewish Thought and Experience
An impassioned, erudite, thoroughly researched, and beautifully reasoned book from one of the most admired religious thinkers of our time that argues not only that science and religion are compatible, but that they complement each/b>/b>
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A very fine work. Very thought provoking. Filled with fascinating insights and glorious references to science, philosophy and other areas of academia.
This is the finest book on Science and Religion I know. It argues that Science and Religion are two essential and complementary human endeavors. Science investigates and discovers the truth about the world. Religion's aim is to provide meaning for human life. Sacks makes a kind of Pascalian argument in which he claims that the choice of a religious life most often enhances communal connection, leads to a more involved compassionate kind of life. Sacks argues the great turning point in human religious history is God's revelation to Abraham. God has created the individual human being in the Divine image. And we are commanded to walk in God's way both as creators and as kind and good human beings. Sacks is not uncritical of religious excesses, and takes to task Dualistic thinking for the damage it has done to Humanity. He manages to make a persusaive case for the religious life without engaging in empty and insulting polemic. His dignified and respectful approach extends even to atheist opponents. I cannot possibly in a brief review summarize the richness of this truly wonderful book. I have a place in my library for those books I return to and read over and over again. This book will not be placed among them.